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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2011 Mar;34(1):53-65. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2010.11.010. Epub 2010 Dec 16.

Preventing postpartum depression.

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Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA.lmiller23@partners.org

Abstract

Major depression is a frequent complication of the postpartum period. Untreated postpartum depression increases the risk of maternal suicide and can impair parenting capability with resultant adverse effects on offspring development. A number of factors influence a woman's vulnerability to postpartum depressive episodes. This article summarizes processes for assessing these risk factors and implementing primary preventive interventions, and summarizes methods of early detection to promote secondary and tertiary prevention.

PMID:
21333839
DOI:
10.1016/j.psc.2010.11.010
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